Incorporates a lifesaving design feature, however poor build quality lets it down.
((EDIT): Below is my first review of this product. A day after I published the review, the cable started making hissing noises, making it practically unusable. It get's 3 stars because of the spring, which really impressed me at the time, but didn't make much difference in the end)
The single reason I was initially drawn to this cable was because of the ridiculously cheap price - I could buy 3 of these for the same price as one cable in my local music store. The Sssnake seemed to be getting fairly decent reviews and so I popped it into my basket along with my new Fender Jaguar guitar.
When my package arrived, I was eager to try my new guitar out, and so plugged it straight in with the Sssnake cable (I had broken my old one by pulling it out of the amp forcefully one too many times)
What can I say- the cable did it's job. It sounded just as good as my old fender cable, which I was very pleased about, given the cheap price. However, what really impressed me, and what urged me to write this review seeing as nobody else had written much about it - was the small spring located just above the jack cover (clearly seen in image 2 on the product page)
Before, when I was using my old cable, when I was finished playing, I would yank the the cable out forcefully, holding onto the black bit just above the jack cover. Over time, this caused the connection to come loose and break. With the Sssnake, upon trying to pull it out like before, the spring simply pulled up and sprung back, leaving me both humbled and impressed by such a simple design feature which would now save me countless cables. I proceeded to remove the cable from the amp safely by holding onto the jack cover.
If you are someone who is constantly breaking their cables by inappropriate removal from amp or guitar - this is the cable for you.
I have used these leads for a number of uses, direct into guitar to amp, between pedals, and in effects loops. More often than not however this would be my lead of choice to run between tuner or noise gate and amp (as it is a sensible length and I generally prefer angled jack leads for my guitar)
The build quality has been fine, and whilst other reviews have mentioned the coil spring near the Jack being helpful when removing the lead from an instrument, I would still take care when doing so as this definitely becomes the lead's weak link over time and repeated use.
Sound quality with this lead has never been an issue and for the price you really can't go wrong. In future I think I would find it hard to justify spending more money on a different cable knowing that one of these will do the job just fine.
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